The Chocolate Chocolate Chocolate Company is building a 30,000-square-foot factory in its hometown of St. Louis. The factory, which is expected to open later this year and will offer tours, "will serve as our new company headquarters, candy kitchen and distribution center for our retail and gourmet wholesale division," founder and CEO Dan Abel said.
NCA spokesperson Jenn Ellek said "the numbers are really, really up" for chocolate sales, and convenience stores can increase both sales and revenue through strategies such as maintaining a clear sight-line between the drinks cooler and candy displays. Larry Wilson, NCA vice president for customer relations, recommends that stores stock a mix of well-known national brands as well as new and regional offerings.
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Combining curcumin, a compound found in turmeric, with black pepper and onion skin showed efficacy in regulating body weight, blood glucose and cholesterol in rats, a study in ISRN Pharmacology revealed. Researchers said the combination might trigger a biochemical mechanism that prevents glucose uptake in the small intestine.
Spartech is using new technology to create 1-Seal, a packaging solution it is touting as durable, sustainable and resealable. The packages are capped and sealed in a single step, creating a lid that is airtight and watertight so an additional film or foil seal is not needed.
About a half-dozen industry groups expressed frustration that a proposed food-safety bill is stalled at the Office of Management and Budget. "Until this new package of safeguards is put into place, all the promise of the new food-safety law will not be met," said Erik Olson, director of food programs at the Pew Health Group, which co-wrote a letter to the Obama administration.
A new campaign marking the 75th anniversary of Mars brand Maltesers includes a montage of favorite television ads throughout the years. The chocolate-covered malt balls were first marketed to women watching their weight.